So Long, Dr. Laura

I haven’t been following this latest flap until now, and I’ll admit that I forgot that Dr. Laura was still on the air.

But Laura Schlessinger is quitting her radio show after coming under for a long segment in which she used the “N” word and labeled criticism from African American activists as “hypersensitivity.”

She tells Larry King, “I want to be able to say what’s on my mind and in my heart and what I think is helpful and useful without somebody getting angry or some special-interest group deciding this is a time to silence a voice of dissent.”

She adds, “I decided it was time to move on to other venues where I could say my peace and not have to live in fear anymore,” she said.

Brian Lowry writes: “The truth is Schlessinger has been an embarrassment for years — cranky, peevish, snapping at callers as frequently as she helps them. She was as much guilty of this during the call that triggered the latest backlash as anything else — and became especially irritable when the caller dared question her use of the word. There’s nothing more pathetic than an advice maven who can’t follow her own advice.”

 

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